Carmen is a French opéra comique by Georges Bizet. The libretto is by Henri Meilhac and Ludovic Halévy, based on the novella of the same title by Prosper Mérimée, first published in 1845, itself possibly influenced by the narrative poem The Gypsies (1824) by Alexander Pushkin. Mérimée had read the poem in Russian by 1840 and translated it into French in 1852.
Georges BIZET (1838-1875)
Opéra-comique in four acts, French libretto by Henri Meilhac and Ludovic Halévy after the novella Carmen by Prosper Mérimée.
Carmen, a gypsy - Solange Michel, mezzo-soprano
Don José, a corporal of the dragoons - Raoul Jobin, tenor
Escamillo, a toreador - Michel Dens, baritone
Choeurs de l'Opéra-Comique, Henri Janin (Chorus master)